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Not even the coloring book version of American Betrayal would resemble the crude strokes of National Review's latest caricature -- the fourth attempt regarding my book by this particular writer. His name is Ron Capshaw and he first joined the campaign of lies and smears against me and my book with the immortal words:

I haven’t read West (I do intend to), but ...

Here is Capshaw's full quotation from August 12, 2013:

I haven’t read West (I do intend to), but from the scuttlebutt and reviews circulating the internet, it is fairly apparent that she is a reckless historian of the McCarthy school of history.This, Ron Radosh is not.

Unlike the conspiratorial school, populated on the left by Oliver Stone, and on the right...

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Part 1 is here.

Picking up with Mickey Kaus quitting The Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson took Kaus's column critiquing Fox off TheDC website because, Kaus says, Carlson told him TheDC can't trash Fox because he (Carlson) works there...

"He [Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson] said it was a rule, and he wouldn't be able to change that rule. So I told him I quit," Kaus explained.

Reached via email, Carlson told On Media: "Mickey is a great guy, and one of the few truly independent thinkers anywhere. I'm sorry to see him go."

NB: Fox does not own the Daily Caller. Carlson is a host of a Fox weekend show. 



Kaus will now publish his columns exclusively...

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On March 17, Politico carried the story of why it was that Mickey Kaus quit the Daily Caller.

Politico:

The blogger Mickey Kaus has quit his job at The Daily Caller after the conservative site's editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, pulled a critical column about Fox News from the site, Kaus told the On Media blog on Tuesday.

"It's pretty simple," Kaus said in an interview, "I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty -- for filling up the airwaves with reports on ISIS and terrorism, and not fulfilling their responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration.... I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said,...

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(Video thanks to Tundra Tabloids.)

Testifying before the United State House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee this week, former Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke again of American Betrayal.    

This whole idiocy that you can't talk honestly about the nature of the people who are trying to kill you strikes me as utterly irrational. And, by the way, we had exactly the same experience in the Forties and early Fifties with the Soviets -- and you can read Diana West's American Betrayal -- and it is breathtaking how hard we worked to hide from the degree of Soviet penetration because it shook...

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Newsmax has just announced its 2015 list of the Top Fifty Conservative Blogs and, whaddya know, this very blog comes in as Jackie Robinson -- #42.

Newsmax writes:

Diana West - One of the most prominent of a new breed of polemicists for an assertive and morally confident U.S. foreign policy, the "American Betrayal" author recently used controversy over GOP senators writing to Iran’s rulers to warn of a time when congressional Democrats and the press “willingly lock shields around a king-like executive branch.” She suggested that the letter should be readdressed “to the Obama administration and members of the U.S. media.” Quoting the letter to Tehran, she argued, “They don’t ‘fully understand our constitutional system,’ either!”

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What turned out to be one of Stan Evans' final contributions to the the truth of the record was an article he wrote last year called "McCarthyism by the Numbers." This "sampler," as Stan called it, contains a table of 50 McCarthy suspects named by McCarthy, his aides, or in his committee hearings who proved to be Communists, Soviet agents or who took the Fifth Amendment when asked about such matters. In sum, this concise article and table is the quickee way to refute the Big Lie that Sen. Joseph McCarthy never spotted a single Communist or Soviet agent -- or identitied, as the Learned Professors keep repeating, "only a few."

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Soviet GRU officer and Acting UN Secretary General Alger Hiss of the US State Department presiding over the opening of the United Nations in San Francisco, 1945. Next to him sits is his real boss, Soviet foreign minister Molotov. 

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There are crises, and there are what I am going to call "root crises." 

Crises are what we read about in the headlines: Obama's latest post-Constitutional/dictatorial act; the most recent episode in population replacement; the next terrifying Supreme Court decision; the predictable disaster of Iranian nuclear negotiations, or continued American military presence in Afghanistan; the looming threat of the United Nations empowered by an "internationalist" US president. 

"Root crises," however, don't make headlines, are never addressed, and are rarely articulated, especially by elected officials and others with lawful authority or even media platforms....

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Today, at the Heritage Foundation, 14 people from various walks of M. Stanton Evans' life gathered to honor him. To say there was more laughter than tears is only to note the hilarity of so many of the memories people shared of Stan, whose legendary dry wit is one of his indelible legacies.

His far more significant legacy, however -- his monumental and courageous life's work, his magnus opus, Blacklisted by History -- did not receive nearly the same kind of attention. From the funeral service yesterday (no mention), from the remembrance event today (relatively little mention -- my brief remarks below excepted), an onlooker would have a very different picture from the Stan I knew, starting from the day I called him up for the first time in 2010 or 2011. Of course, I had a question about Joe McCarthy. That was serious business with Stan.

I think my question went something like this: Mr. Evans, in light of all of these facts you have amassed to smash the false narrative on McCarthy, when in tarnation is the consensus going to shift?

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I can't express enough enthusiasm for freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and the spectacular letter that he and 46 other Republicans senators wrote to the leaders of Iran explaining how our constitutional republic works, how the US Senate must ratify treaties that the President negotiates by a two-thirds majority, how any agreement that is not so approved by Congress will be regarded "as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khameini," and therefore subject to revocation by the next president, or modification by Congress at any time.

In sum -- and in language that "leaders" of the US government, executive branch, or even American media can understand -- 47 Republican senators declared that Obama is not a king, and that Congress is not, contrary to popular wisdom, a potted palm.

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Before I explain what it was like to become friends with the pre-eminent McCarthy scholar of our time, M. Stanton Evans, I'd like to point out some of the pitfalls of the territory, starting with the anti-McCarthy tripwire.

This relic of the Cold War, circa 1950s, is used to bring down anyone even thinking about stepping out of line to reconsider the place of Sen. McCarthy in our nation's history (hell). The anti-McCarthy tripwire is the first trigger. Tripped once, maybe twice, it activates the anti-McCarthy force field, which I will get to below.

"You know that you are going to be attacked," Stan said to me in the fall of 2012 on reading the manuscript of American Betrayal, which, building on the research in Blacklisted by History, takes as a given that McCarthy is the most demonized man in American history to whom the nation now owes plaudits and apologies galore -- and...

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I have to interupt that first phone call with M. Stanton Evans to recount an anecdote of the moment, inconsequential but nonetheless related to McCarthy. Most of them are.  

The Washington Post published Stan's obituary today. It was going along fine until it got to McCarthy and Blacklisted by HIstory.

There's something to be said for even getting to McCarthy and Blacklisted by History,...

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Readers will recall that I received the Center for Security Policy's Mightier Pen Award in 2013.

Above is M. Stanton Evans' introduction.



One of those questions that is supposed to elicit a profound answer is, What one book influenced you more than any other? Or (worse), What book changed your life? As the daughter of an author, as a life-long lover of books, I felt there must be such a book, there should be such a book, and that maybe there was something lacking in me since, for most of my life, I groped for the answer.

Then in 2007 I picked up Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Sen. Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies by M. Stanton Evans.

Who was M. Stanton Evans? I didn't really know, but suspected I should. Who was Joe McCarthy? I didn't know too much more. Indeed, all I "knew" -- part of the air we breathe -- was...

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Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III

I am reproducing below the affadavit I have signed that will be presented in a hearing today at Camp Pendleton in the continuing -- or should I say, "never-ending" -- trial -- or should I say, "government persecution" -- of Sgt. Lawrence G, Hutchins III -- or should I say "Larry,"  because, of course, Sgt. Hutchins is "Larry" to his many supporters who have never met him but hope that real justice (not "military justice") will be served and he will be restored to his family.

My affadavit pertains to the issue Unlawful Command Influence, of which this case strikes me as a textbook example.

 

Stan Evans passed away early this morning. He was a great and remarkable and path-breaking American writer. He was an especially dear friend. I find it is in some ways difficult to separate the two -- his great life's work and his dear friendship -- because I was greatly privileged to have been blessed by both. ... More to come.

RIP. 

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